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Franklin Park Reading Series
Aug 8, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| Free
The Franklin Park Reading Series hosts the influential cultural critic, novelist, and newly announced Marvel comic writer Roxane Gay (Bad Feminist, An Untamed State) in a rare NYC appearance. She’ll be joined by widely hailed fiction writers Garth Greenwell (What Belongs to You) and Jensen Beach (Swallowed by the Cold), award-winning poet Dorothea Lasky (ROME), and filmmaker and nonfiction author Alex Mar (Witches of America). The evening includes $4 drafts and a book raffle.
ROXANE GAY is the author of the books Bad Feminist, An Untamed State, and Ayiti. Her writing has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, A Public Space, McSweeney’s, Tin House, Oxford American, American Short Fiction, Virginia Quarterly Review, NOON, The New York Times, Bookforum, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation, The Rumpus, Salon, and many other places. She is a founding editor of PANK. Her short story collection Difficult Women and memoir Hunger will be released in 2017, and she is coauthoring, with Ta-Nehisi Coates, the new Marvel comic series Black Panther: World of Wakanda, which will be launched next spring.
GARTH GREENWELL is the author of the novel What Belongs to You, which has been nominated for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, and a novella, Mitko, which won the 2010 Miami University Press Novella Prize and was a finalist for the Edmund White Debut Fiction Prize and a Lambda Award. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, he holds graduate degrees from Harvard University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where he was an Arts Fellow. His short fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, A Public Space, StoryQuarterly, and VICE. He lives in Iowa City, where he holds the Richard E. Guthrie Memorial Fellowship at the University of Iowa.
DOROTHEA LASKY is the author of four poetry collections, ROME, Thunderbird, Black Life, and AWE, as well as several chapbooks, including Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Ducking Presse, 2010). Her writing has appeared in POETRY, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among other places, and she is a co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney’s, 2013). Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, she earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania . A 2013 Bagley Wright Fellow in Poetry, she is currently an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and lives in New York City.
JENSEN BEACH is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold. He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts- Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He’s also a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has appeared in A Public Space, Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker and online at Fifty-Two Stories, Tin House, N+1, Kenyon Review, Electric Literature, Lit Hub, and American Short Fiction, among other places. He’s one of the web editors at Hobart and lives in Vermont with his wife and children.
ALEX MAR is the author of Witches of America, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015. She is based in her hometown of New York City, and her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Elle, Epic, The Virginia Quarterly Review, Tin House, Atlas Obscura, The Oxford American (where she is a contributing editor), and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. She is also the director of the documentary “American Mystic,” currently streaming on Amazon.